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Birck Nanotechnology Center Training

Use of Birck facilities requires training specific to the level of use, which can vary from occupying a desk to using a high powered laser in the Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory to doing BSL-2 research. Each training courses takes the form of a "badge" in the Purdue developed Open Passport, a micro-credentialing system to demonstrate competencies and achievements (more general information on Passport may be found here). Each Passport badge consists of a series of "challenges". Typically, all challenges for a badge must be completed to earn the badge, and the challenges must be completed in order. Badges may also have prerequisite badges. In order to earn a badge with prerequisites, all prerequisite badges must be earned before the badge will be awarded, but work on a badge with prerequisites (and its associated challenges) may begin at any time. When you've completed all challenges associated with a particular badge, and have obtained all prerequisite badges (if any), you'll be awarded the badge.

Challenges fall into four categories:

  1. Task and E-Signature: Complete a task described in the challenge instructions, such as studying a Powerpoint presentation, reviewing a BNCWiki page, or completing a Purdue training module. Once you have completed the task, you can press the "Begin this Challenge" button to electronically verify that you've done so. These types of challenges are approved automatically once completed, and you'll receive an automated submission approval email from Passport immediately after completion.
  2. Comprehension Check: After completing a task, take a quiz on the material presented. These are typically multiple choice, where an 80% or better must be obtained to verify your comprehension. The material being tested on can be refered to during the quiz. These challenges may be retaken once, if needed. If you fail to obtain an 80% after the second attempt, your submission must be manually reset. You'll need to email the material Subject Matter Expert (specified in the instructions to each of these challenges) to setup a meeting to discuss any points of confusion and reset your submission. These types of challenges are approved automatically once completed, and you'll receive an automated submission approval email from Passport immediately after completion.
  3. Task and Upload: Complete a task described in the challenge instructions, such as filling out a form or obtaining a certificate. Once you have completed the task, you can press the "Begin this Challenge" button to submit relevant files, which will be described in the challenge instructions. These types of challenges require a manual approval of your submission by a Subject Matter Expert particular to the badge. If your submission is approved by the Subject Matter Expert, you'll receive an automated challenge completion email from Passport, along with any comments from the Subject Matter Expert. If your submission requires changes, your submission will be denied pending reapproval, and you'll be able to review your submission to see the Subject Matter Expert's explanation of the changes that need to be made. Typically, you may resubmit as many times as is necessary to gain approval. If you are unable to complete the Task satisfactorily for whatever reason, your submission will be denied without reapproval. A submission in this state will need to be discussed in person with the Subject Matter Expert to reset your submission.
  4. Open Text and In-Person: Submit information as requested in the challenge instructions. Press the "Begin this Challenge" button to gain access to an Open Text submission field, as well as additional instructions. Fill out the Open Text submission as appropriate, submit, and setup and In-Person meeting as described in the additional instructions (only visible once you've begun the challenge). After successfully completing the In-Person meeting, your submission will be approved by a Subject Matter Expert particular to the badge, and you'll receive an automated email from Passport after approval.


Initial Step for all BNC occupants and users: Join the BNC Passport Group and take BNC 105

Join the BNC Passport Group

Earning any badge in Passport first requires joining the BNC Passport group. This requires a Purdue Career Account for the login ID and a BoilerKey for the password.

To join the BNC Passport group:

  1. Navigate to the BNC Passport Group page: https://www.openpassport.org/Group/bnc
  2. Login to Passport with your Purdue ID and BoilerKey.
  3. Once at the BNC Passport Group page, click the “Join Group” button.

Get started earning the BNC 105 badge

  1. First, be sure you've joined the BNC Passport group. If you haven't, you'll be able to see the BNC badge pages, but won't be able to begin earning them.

  2. Navigate to the BNC Passport group page, and click the BNC 105 badge icon. Alternately, you can navigate directly to the badge page: https://www.openpassport.org/Badge/bnc105. Either of these will take you to the badge criteria page (e.g. https://www.openpassport.org/Badge/bnc105/Criteria ).

  3. Once at the badge criteria page, you'll be able to see the names and descriptions of the challenges that must be obtained to earn the badge. However, you cannot work on these challenges directly from the badge criteria page. 
  4. To begin completing challenges, get started on the badge by clicking the blue “Get Started” button under the badge title.

Complete the first challenge

  1. Once you "Get Started" on a Passport badge, you'll need to earn the badge by completing a series of challenges. After clicking the blue "Get started" button, you'll be taken to the badge Challenge page. For BNC 105, this is https://www.openpassport.org/Badge/bnc105/Challenge:

  2. The challenge page allows you to see all challenges for that badge. You can select a different challenge within a badge by clicking the name of the challenge below the badge icon:


  3. For most badges, all challenges will need to be completed to earn the badge, and usually the challenges must be completed in sequential order. If you select a later challenge without competing previous challenges, Passport will tell you that you need to go back:


  4. Once you're at the desired challenge (the first challenge in this case, "Code of Conduct"), read the instructions. The "Code of Conduct" challenge is a Task and E-Signature challenge, requiring you to read the BNC Code of Conduct and direct any questions to the appropriate Subject Matter Expert. After you've completed this task, click the "Begin this Challenge" button to begin the selected challenge and provide your E-signature:


  5. To provide your E-signature, click "Agree" to all the listed questions. If you have any questions or disagree/do not agree with any statements, please email the Subject Matter Expert to discuss.


  6. After clicking "Agree" to all items, click the "Save and go to review" button. This will give you a chance to review your answers, and change any, if needed.


  7. Review you answers. You can use the "Change" button to change any, if needed. 


  8. When you're satisfied, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Confirm answers and submit" button.


  9. If you agreed to all items, your submission will be approved. You'll be able to review your submitted answers here, if desired.


  10. After your submission has been approved, you'll receive an automated email from Passport informing you of the approval. These are not particularly useful for challenges which are automatically approved, but will be helpful to let you know that challenges requiring approval by a Subject Matter Expert have been reviewed and approved (or if you need to resubmit). Feel free to delete the challenge submission approval emails after you read them.


Earn the BNC 105 badge

  1. Complete the rest of the challenges in the BNC 105 badge. Your final challenge will require approval from a Subject Matter Expert, and will look like this while pending approval:


  2. Once your submission has been approved, you'll receive an automated email informing you of the approval:


  3. In this challenge approval email, click the "View your score and the instructor's comments" to see comments by the Subject Matter Expert, if any (You can also view this by navigating to the challenge page through passport):


  4. As this is the final challenge in the BNC 105 badge, you will also receive a badge award email. IMPORTANTLY, you must forward a copy of this email to Mary Jo Totten (tottenm@purdue.edu) with the subject line "BNC 105 Completion" to be granted BNC access.


  5. You should also "accept" the badge after it has been awarded so that it will show up on your Passport collection. Click the "Get your badge!" button in the award email, login to Passport if needed, and click the "Accept" button next to the badge.

Common Issues

If you navigate directly to a BNC Passport badge page without having joined the BNC Passport group, you will be able to see the badge and the descriptions of the challenges, but won’t be able to begin them.

To fix this, first join the BNC Passport Group:

  1. Navigate to the BNC Passport Group page: https://www.openpassport.org/Group/bnc
  2. Login with your Purdue ID and BoilerKey.
  3. Once at the BNC Passport Group page, click the “Join Group” button.

After that, you can navigate to the badge page and press the blue “Get Started” button under the badge title to begin earning the badge.

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